What Sort Are You?

Sorting algorithms are employed by computers to determine how to order lists.

How it Works

Use various sorting algorithms to sort objects by weight!

Things to Try or Ask Around the Exhibit

  • Can you come up with your own sorting methods?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of each method?

Background

There are many ways computers can sort lists of objects, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.

Finding the Science in Your World

Any time a computer orders a list of objects it uses a sorting algorithm. Internet search engines are successful when they are able to quickly sort huge numbers of results (e.g. sorting a list of websites by how closely they match your search terms).